Jet Pack Plugin – Should you add it?
One of the items that has shown up in my reader is the new Jetpack plugin from WordPress.com. It allows you to use some of the features that they have added to the hosted blogs on you self hosted blog.
It runs off of their cloud servers so it should not hurt your speed or hurt your resources. A big plus.
You can use it to eliminate a few plugins you may be using or added if you use the features it covers. Big plus. It is 8 plugins in one.
Now the features are…
- WordPress.com Stats – So if you are already using their stat plugin this would replace it.
- Twitter Widget – Display your Twitter feed in your sidebar. Would replace your current one if you are using one.
- Gravatar Hovercards – Really like this feature. If someone hovers over the Gravatar displayed in your comments they can see the card that person has on file at Gravatar.
- WP.me Shortlinks – If you are using a short link plugin this will replace it and use the WP.me short link instead.
- Sharedaddy – Share content with Facebook, Twitter, and many more. Can even add your own.
- LaTeX – Mark up your posts with the LaTeX markup language, perfect for complex mathematical equations and other Ã¼ber-geekery.
- After the Deadline – Helps you write better by adding spell, style, and grammar checking to WordPress.
- Shortcode Embeds – Easily add videos from sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Slide Share and more.
So this looks like it could be good. Not sure I will use it though and here is why.
1. Already getting stats from Google Analytics and like that better than WP Stats.
2. The only functionality out of the 8 I would use would be the Twitter Widget and Gravatar Hovercards.
I rarely if ever use the posting functions inside of WordPress for creating my posts. Always prefer a desktop app like Blog Desk. I don’t use complex mathematical equations in my posts.
And finally I prefer a different format for sharing buttons than what is available on Share Daddy.
As I already have a Twitter feed on my blogs this is not right for me at this time.
That being said this does look like it could be very good for bloggers that do use the dashboard for creating their posts, aren’t comfortable adding embed code into a post and do not have Google Analytics installed or prefer live stats. (GA is always a day behind.)
It looks like this could be an excellent addition for a lot of people and seems to be relatively easy to use. Will be testing it on my beta blog and if there is an interest will post more about the configurations if people need it. (The instructions seemed quite good to me but then I rarely have trouble with instructions for plugins because of experience. If they have assumed some knowledge I probably have it. You may not.)
So that is my opinion. What is yours?
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